ETSI IoT Week 2019 - Overview


The ETSI IoT Workshop took place in ETSI premises (Sophia Antipolis, FR), started on 22 October and ended on 25 October. It included an essential update on the major IoT standardisation, such as those ongoing in ETSI, oneM2M, SmartM2M and 3GPP.
An essential element of deploying IoT services are the choice and the availability of IoT communication technologies such as those developed by the 3GPP partnership project (NB-IoT, LTE-M). Selecting the right IoT connectivity technologies, that are optimised for multiple IoT solutions and work at scale, is essential to ensuring future-proof and sustainable IoT deployments.
Interoperability and interworking remain key factors for the successful development of IoT. This is particularly true when it comes to ensuring security and semantic interoperability. The standards being developed in ETSI, oneM2M and 3GPP, act as the essential “glue" between the various technologies that are present in the complex IoT ecosystem.
The workshop covered:
  • IoT connectivity: 5G, NB-IoT, and more - which technology for which application,
  • IoT for industry and manufacturing: How IoT is used to support manufacturing, production, maintenance, monitoring and distribution, and the new business models,
  • IoT security and privacy: Exploring the specific Security and Privacy challenges for IoT,
  • IoT semantic and ontology-based interoperability: Explaining the importance of SAREF (Smart Applications REFerence ontology), the European lead solution for Intra and inter-sector semantic data interoperability,
  • AI and big data in the IoT standards,
  • Mobile Edge Computing in the context of IoT services,
  • And more: smart energy, smart home, buildings and environment, smart cities and communities, water management, cooperative and connected mobility, asset monitoring and management, logistics and supply chain, smart agriculture, wearables/body area networks, e-health/ageing well.

Day 1

The first session focused on the approach and goals of the 2019 edition of the ETSI IoT week, including overview of the showcases. It also informed about some of the ETSI and EU initiatives for the support of standardisation exploitation in Europe.
ETSI makes the IoT Standards - IoT means connecting objects and exchange information among them. This session walked through the ETSI standards framework for IoT, as a leading standard body for IoT communications, and will provided a synthesis of the encounter of small and big players. 
Connecting the Internet of Things Connectivity is a key enabler for IoT, allowing all manner of remote “things” to be connected together, enabling their essential data to be shared and analysed. This session outlined the connectivity options and current status, including how these can be utilised in various market segments.
Day 2

Spotlight on: Approaching IoT Adoptions - IoT is becoming pervasive in all the industrial ant technology activities. This session gave a starting guideline to govern the multiplicity of approaches and proposals, and within the variety of skills required.

IoT interworking & semantic Interoperability - Interworking (exchange data) and semantic interoperability (exchange information) across systems are core abilities for IoT. This session complemented the SAREF session, driving to various aspects and standard (industrial or de Jure) related solutions.

Semantic for Smart Applications - Semantic interoperability requires the ability to understand the information exchanged under the underlying communication frameworks. SAREF represents the wider EU approach to integrate ontologies, in synergy with oneM2M and W3C Semantic WEB.

Spotlight on: Learning from the EU Large Scale Pilots - Launched in 2016, the first of five H2020 IoT Large Scale Pilots project are coming to an end in 2020: More than 250 organisations from 19 European countries addressed over 80 use cases. Their representatives shared their testimonies, lessons learned technological choices, sustainability and replicability of architectures, standards, interoperability properties and key characteristics such as security and privacy. They debated issues and solutions found to successfully implement real scale services operationally in the field. Some representatives of the next wave of  Large scale pilots for Digitisation of European Industries also participated.

Day 3

IoT Experiences - The session focused on real experiences and lessons learned, concerning the application of IoT to various domains ranging from Smart Cities, services and manufacturing. It will cover aspects such as security, semantics, the usage of standards within the framework of methodological approach and pros/cons associated with adopted solutions.

Smart Cities are Coming to Town - In the area of Smart Cities, standards have been developed and viable digital solutions have been developed and tested in Europe and outside Europe. The European Commission has a bold plan to foster and finance the deployment at scale of urban data platforms within the Digital Europe Programme in the next multi-annual framework period. The support and participation of all the stakeholders is of vital importance for the success of these initiatives.

Spotlight on Security & Privacy - As IoT becomes ever more ubiquitous there is an increasing concern that it will negatively impact the privacy of users and be used as a launchpad for major cyber-attack. The role of ETSI in this domain has been to push the role of standards to counter the concerns by raising awareness through providing best practice guidelines and developing training material.

Day 4

Security & Privacy - Confidentiality is essential to many (not all) steps in business; privacy is a human need for many (not all) aspects of living; yet in a world of digital services, discovery (and gaining value) from information is a universal need. This makes hacking and espionage into big businesses. The session will address approaches enabling a flexible balance.


If the topics that were discussed and presented at ETSI IoT Week 2019 are of interest to you please check out the links below to find a list of the speakers and their topics.


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